An open source Ada wallet for users who need more
Haskell-mouse [AD-382] Add tool for viewing acid-state contents
This commit adds utility that displays acid state DB with hdwallets.
It will be useful for debugging.
Also it can show all previous states of DB (up to the last checpoint).
See readme with examples of using it.

Commit was updateв due to PR reviews
  (small changes,fixes in readme, etc).
New update due to update of corresponding acid-state commit.
Upd: changed default path to "wallet-db", instead of ".wallet-db"
     And auto-detect home path.
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Ariadne is a cryptocurrency wallet developed by Serokell. It has two user interfaces: terminal user interface (TUI) and graphical user interface (GUI). At the time being it supports only the Cardano cryptocurrency, but there are plans to support multiple currencies in the future.


  • Wallet management
  • BIP-39 mnemonics
  • BIP-44 compatibility
  • Compatibility with Daedalus
  • Balances of wallets, accounts, address
  • Transaction history
  • Transaction sending
  • Spending passwords
  • Optimized block storage (compared to Daedalus)
  • Knit language
  • Notifications about new software versions
  • Automatic software updates
  • Integration with hardware wallets
  • Staking and delegation

Wallet management

Create or delete a hierarchical deterministic (HD) wallet (BIP-32) or an account inside a wallet. Generate a new address inside an account. Wallets and accounts have names.

BIP-39 mnemonics

Ariadne uses the BIP-39 specification to work with mnemonics. When you generate a new wallet, you will see a mnemonic which you should save into a reliable place. Later you can use this mnemonic to restore your wallet. Number of words in mnemonic is configurable.

BIP-44 compatibility

Addresses are generated according to the BIP-44 specification. This derivation scheme is one of the most commonly used schemes in cryptocurrency wallets.

Compatibility with Daedalus

Unfortunately Ariadne is not compatible with Daedalus due to differences in HD derivation schemes. It means that you can't use your existing wallet generated by Daedalus. However, you can send a transaction from your existing wallet to your new Ariadne wallet. We plan to provide limited support for derivation schemes different from BIP-44 so that you'll be able to use a wallet generated by Daedalus in Ariadne.

Get the balance of a wallet/account/address

It's possible to see the balance of any of your wallets, accounts and addresses.

Transaction history

Transaction history is not supported yet.

Transaction sending

Transactions can be sent from a whole wallet or a set of accounts belonging to a wallet. More than one output can be specified.

Spending passwords

Each wallet can be protected with its own spending password. It's impossible to send a transaction from a wallet if one doesn't know its spending password.

Optimized block storage

Daedalus stores blocks in plain files. Each block is stored in its own file. Since number of blocks is large, it leads to excessive fragmentation. Ariadne stores blocks in a RocksDB database. It reduces number of files by order of magnitude and the size of block database is about 8 times smaller.


All actions correspond to commands in the Knit language and can be typed in a console. Advanced users can execute Knit commands instead of using UI. The console supports completion.

Notifications about new software versions

If a new version of Ariadne is released, you will see a notification in UI.

Automatic software updates

Later it will be possible to automatically download and install software updates when a new version is released.

Integration with hardware wallets

We plan to support hardware wallets in the future.

Staking and delegation

Staking and delegation will be supported in Ariadne after they are specified and implemented in the core protocol.

Building from Source Code

Supported platforms

Ariadne TUI can be built and works on Linux and macOS.

Qt GUI only works on Linux. Windows and macOS will be supported soon.

Build using Nix

Set up Serokell binary cache so that you don't have to build dependencies:

sudo $(nix-build pkgs.nix -A cachix --no-out-link)/bin/cachix use serokell

If you are on a single-user Nix install (nix-shell -p nix-info --run nix-info should say multi-user?: no), omit sudo in the command above.

If you are on NixOS, make sure to add to nix.binaryCaches, otherwise main Nix binary cache stops working. See cachix/cachix#128.

Then, install Nix with NixOS/nix#2409 patch:

nix-env -f pkgs.nix -iA nix

For production builds, run nix-build.

For incremental builds, run nix-shell. Then, use either stack build or cabal new-build all as you normally would. This will only build local packages, all dependencies are managed by Nix.

Build using Stack

  1. Install Stack.
  2. Make sure you have the following system libraries installed:
  • RocksDB
  • OpenSSL
  • Qt 5 (if you want to build GUI)
  • ICU
  1. Run stack build ariadne-vty-app to build terminal text-based interface and stack build ariadne-qt-app for Qt-based GUI. Or just stack build for both.


If you have Homebrew, run:

brew install bash coreutils icu4c rocksdb openssl qt xz

If you haven't had bash previously installed, close terminal session and then open a new one. You will also need to add icu and OpenSSL to ~/.stack/config.yaml:

- /usr/local/opt/openssl/include
- /usr/local/opt/icu4c/include
- /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib
- /usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib

Now, to build, run:

QTAH_QMAKE=/usr/local/opt/qt/bin/qmake stack build ariadne


Ariadne is configurable via configuration files and command line options. Default configuration is provided out of the box and is compatible with Cardano SL mainnet. That should be sufficient in many cases. Detailed description of Ariadne configuration can be found in the corresponding document.


Launch ariadne executable to use TUI. If you used Stack to build Ariadne, type stack exec -- ariadne to launch the executable. In order to use GUI launch ariadne-qt.

For complete usage guide visit TUI or GUI page.

Issue tracker

We use YouTrack as our issue tracker. You can login using your GitHub account to leave a comment or create a new issue.

For Contributors

Please see for more information.